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Galway wants to open Ireland's first 'penguinarium' so penguins can "hang out"

PENGWENGS!

WHO FROM THE West of Ireland has not petted a big fish at Galway Atlantaquaria at some point?

Future visits are set to become even better because: Penguins.

The Connacht Tribune reports that the owners of the aquarium are planning an extension to the building in Salthill which will include a special area dedicated to penguins.

5798515350_9784eef51b_z Well lads. Source: Flickr/Liam Quinn

The penguinarium has been on the table for a while now – in 2010, Fianna Fáil’s Éamon Ó Cúiv had to defend his plans to give €672,500 in state funds to the project.

Galway City Cllr Donal Lyons has said that a place where penguins could “hang out” (his words) would work with the zoning of the area:

Tourism is very important to the business community in Salthill and this initiative is an excellent opportunity to complement the existing tourist related activities in the area.

aquarium Source: nationalaquarium.ie

We’re not fluent in political jargon, but what we think he’s saying is: Penguins are good for business and good for everyone. Bring us the penguins.

Penguins in Galway. Whatever next?

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